Language policy and planning: general constraints and pressures

Wright, L.S. (2007) Language policy and planning: general constraints and pressures. Discussion Paper. Laurence Wright. (Unpublished)

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The general idea of language policy and planning is easily expressed. Christopher Brumfit, for one, defines language planning as “The attempt to control the use, status, and structure of a language through a language policy developed by a government or other authority” (see the Oxford Companion to the English Language). The Random House Dictionary of the English Language concurs, but adds some detail: language planning is “the development of policies or programmes designed to direct or change language use, as through the establishment of an official language, the standardization or modernization of a language, or the development or alteration of a writing system”. Such definitions could easily be multiplied, and they differ only slightly in nuance and depth.Language Policy is the formal, often legally entrenched, expression of language planning.

Item Type:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information:This paper was commissioned by the English National Language Body as one of a number of discussion papers aimed at enriching the national debate on the South African language dispensation.
Uncontrolled Keywords:language; language policy; language planning; natural language planning; interventionist language planning; factors influencing the success of language planning; official languages; South Africa
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1182
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:06 Oct 2008
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